The result is close: After months of intense negotiations and internal wrangling among Democrats, the US House of Representatives will finally vote on Friday on major investment plans for Joe Biden, who he hopes will be adopted to re-launch his presidency, strained.
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At 8:00 a.m., the House of Representatives, which announced Thursday evening, will meet with Democratic leaders, to express these two giant programs for the president, supposed to “rebuild” America.
White House spokeswoman Karen-Jean-Pierre said earlier that it is a “historic” and “transformative” project.
Under pressure after a scathing defeat in a local election, congressional Democrats on Thursday struggled to tune in to their violins, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised: “We’ll have these two plans.”
Because time was running out.
Struggles between Joe Biden’s left wing and more moderate elected officials have been stealing from the president a much-needed political victory to breathe new life into his presidency.
“There is an emergency,” Karen Jean-Pierre attacked her.
Polls show that the president’s spending programs are popular with Americans. A Moody’s study published Thursday estimated the number of jobs these plans could create over ten years at 1.5 million.
But Joe Biden, who was praised for his negotiating skills during the presidential campaign for his long career as a senator, was faltered by divisions within his party and watched helplessly as his popularity plummeted.
Prior to his tour of the G20 and COP26 summits, the president had already visited Capitol Hill twice to speed the passage of his two flagship projects:
First, a plan to restore the country’s dilapidated roads, bridges and transportation. The envelope of $1.2 trillion – the equivalent of Spain’s GDP – is backed by Democrats and some Republicans.
Another social and climate giant, called “Building Back Better,” plans to cut childcare costs and invest $550 billion to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
But his efforts failed.
Returning from Europe, the chief, seeming impatient, urged his troops to organize.
“Democrats are nowhere near finalizing and approving these plans,” the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, replied Thursday.
But their fate is in fact in the hands of an elected official who currently refuses to support them, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Given the weak Democratic majority in the Senate, this elected official has veto power over these projects.
Thursday morning he reiterated his concerns about its impact on US public debt and inflation.
“People are terrified of rising prices for gasoline, food and public services,” he told CNN in his state, one of America’s poorest.
One way to decry spending deemed exaggerated by his party, accused of not knowing how to measure the country’s pulse, is that it lost control of Virginia on Tuesday, the state that voted mostly for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
The observation was even bleaker as this election was a rehearsal before future political battles: the entire country would be called to the polls for the midterm legislative elections in November 2022.
Joe Biden’s party could then lose control of both houses, which could further complicate the passage of any major reform.
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